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Serenity (2005)

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Serinity Rated PG-13; running time of 2 hours
Genre: Sci-Fi
Written by: Joss Whedon
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Cast: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, Ron Glass, Chiwetel Ejiofor, David Krumholtz

WARNING - SPOILERS BELOW.

The Digest

Earth as we know it, is no more. No longer are there continents, but instead, planets. All of these planets are governed by “The Alliance”. The Alliance controls everything and almost everybody.

Captain Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) and his right hand person, Zoe (Gina Torres) were part of the resistance, fighting for independence until they realized they could not win. They grabbed a ship and a ragtag crew and found themselves traveling the galaxy. They smuggle goods, transport people, trade, steal, anything to earn money and keep their ship going.

The crew consists of , Wash (Alan Tudyk) Zoe's husband and a man who can fly anything; their enforcer, Jayne (Adam Baldwin); Inara (Morena Baccarin) a prostitute who joins them from time to time; Kaylee (Jewel Staite) the Pollyanna of the crew who also serves as the ships mechanic.

As usual, Mal and his crew are transporting questionable cargo that has them trying to avoid Alliance soldiers. The cargo that has them in trouble is River (Summer Glau). River is a strange girl, to what extent they find out in bits and pieces, but what they do know is that she is very important or else the Alliance would not have sent The Operative(Chiwetel Elijofor) after them to retrieve her.

So how did they end up in this mess? River's brother, Simon (Sean Maher), a Doctor, broke her out of the facility and has hidden with her on the Serenity. Only telling them that his sister is sick. They begin to find out the truth when they take her to a cantina and she kicks everyone's ass.

To further complicate the issue, the Reepers – creatures that do nothing but rape, torture, and pillage. These creatures are so vile, that it is more humane to shoot the victim in the head, rather than let the Reepers get them. Now that they see what they have in their midst, they must decide if they are going to go on the run and save her or save themselves.

The Dish

I'm not a fan of Firefly. I made an effort to catch the re-runs because I knew that the movie was coming out and I wanted to have a clearer understanding of what was going on. I think I watched 3 or 4 episodes before I got bored. So, walking into the theater I kind of had an idea of who was who. I expected to be slightly underwhelmed and mildly entertained. If I had walked into a wrestling match with that attitude, I would have gotten my ass handed to me.

This movie was everything I had hoped the last few installments of Star Wars had been. This was truly one of the best Sci-Fi movies I have seen in ages. I could make 50 comparisons to Star Wars (1977) if I had to. But the best comparison I could make is that I felt like I did when I saw Star Wars for the first time in 1977 – um I mean what my sister told it was like since I was born yet , ahem. It was exhilarting. I became personally invested in each character. I felt a sense of loss when Whedon killed them off. (Two major characters are killed, I won't say who, though).

Speaking of Whedon, he deftly navigates his story from start to finish. He keeps the action and story moving at an evenly paced clip and when there is a lull in the action and the story slows down, he sprinkles a little bit a humor into the situation, evening out the pace again.

This is really one of the best movies this year.

The Directive

Any fan of Sci-Fi should enjoy this one. It's a bit too gory for the little people,but older kids and the parents, should have a blast.

green

The irony of Serenity is that it is anything but serene and that is the beauty of it.


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